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War and Detention

Today’s state-oblivious battle against terrorism has tested the laws of war.

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Battlefields of Terror

Asymmetrical, frontless warfare produces distinctive 21st-century fights that will take their place in the annals of U.S. military history.

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Lights of Liberty

NYPD sergeant, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, is guided by the reasons we went to war and steps required to secure the peace.

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United as one

Desk jockey at Camp Pendleton one night, at war with terror the next day.

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The post-9/11 generation’s place in history

Most veterans of the post-9/11 wars have been home for some time, but in many ways America is just getting to know them.

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That 1 Percent

An American Legion Magazine tribute to the post-9/11 generation of veterans and the war they still fight.

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Freedom's fighters

On the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, we honor those who fell – and the few we’re lucky enough to still have with us.

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The Cannabis Question

Some veterans say medical marijuana could reduce painkiller addictions and curb the suicide rate. Is it a crime or a cure?

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The Legionnaire that changed the world

Harry Colmery was tailor-made to assemble the original GI Bill.

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I Am The American Legion - Betty Gonzales

“It’s an honor to be there when they are saying goodbye to their loved ones.”

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America at war

A chronology of U.S. military interventions and the prices paid.

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'Why Memorial Day'

Before his 30-year tenure as a U.S Supreme Court justice, for which he is often remembered as the “Great Dissenter,” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. fought in the Civil War on the side of the Union. A first lieutenant in the 20th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers, he was seriously wounded at the battles of Ball’s Bluff, Antietam and Chancellorsville. On May 30, 1884, Holmes gave the following address to his fellow veterans at John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, in Keene, N.H. It is the first of his two famous and oft-quoted Memorial Day speeches.

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Vietnam's 'senior class'

Often forgotten, the Americans who served in country between 1950 and 1964 saw their share of death and danger.

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Strength in the skies helped make America a superpower. Will sequestration clip our wings?

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Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby was an unlikely hero.

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'This has to happen'

National memorial for Desert Storm veterans signed into law.

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Our lasting bond with law enforcement

Just as our organization has been a staunch advocate for military veterans for nearly a century, we also stand proudly alongside our nation’s law-enforcement officers.

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Top of the world


Engineering marvel, strategic position, research station and space observatory, Thule Air Base fulfills multiple missions where the winter sun doesn’t shine.

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Fort Hood victims to be awarded Purple Hearts

Fort Hood victims to be awarded Purple Hearts

Servicemembers who were killed or injured during the Fort Hood attack in 2009 will be awarded the Purple Heart.

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The Smokejumpers

The nation’s first all-black parachute infantry battalion took on dangerous firefighting missions in the final months of World War II.

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The battle remembered

Seventy years after the cold, snowy, bloody fight that led to victory in World War II, Bulge veterans continue to find each other.

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First Blood

Competition, controlledfears and a desperate craving for a shootdown put Eddie Rickenbacker on a path to become America’s “ace of aces.”

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The music of military service

Operation Encore blends the songwriting and playing talents of men and women who know the deeper meanings of service.

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What Louie Zamperini meant to Angelina Jolie

The American Legion Magazine interviewed Jolie via email about meeting her hero, Louie Zamperini.

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Valor was everywhere

Ryan Pitts distinguished himself on the battlefield and in the heart of a young boy fighting for his life.

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I Am The American Legion - Bill Czmyr

"Veterans need a place to live."

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The Man who was Unbroken

Louis Zamperini was many things in his lifetime, not the least of which was inspirational.

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Celebrities light up D.C. during Concert for Valor

Celebrities light up D.C. during Concert for Valor

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on National Mall for unique event to honor courage and sacrifice of America's troops.

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America's Most Beloved Veterans

As voted by American Legion media audience members

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Fire Fight

For more than a century, the U.S. military has provided critical support battling blazes in the West.

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